Last night 6/11 was the kick off for the very major Northside Festival in Brooklyn.
The bands and the press check in at the same place a warehouse next to The Music Hall of Willamsburg. Heineken is one of the sponsors of the event and so they dressed the press/band check in area up as a lounge. As we checked in we got free Heineken beer and a pretty sweet gift bag which included iPod ear buds and some really awesome Kangaroo sneakers. The press/band check in area is equipped with wifi so all us bloggers can sneak back there drink a Heineken and give you all the updates at Northside.
From the check in area I went over to Studio B for the opening night party. It was really very nice. I enjoyed more free Heineken and munched on some very yummy organic bbq. As you can see from these pictures Studio B was decorated with lots of indoor trees!
The two Northside shows that I really wanted to see last night were The Hold Steady and Marnie Stern. The Hold Steady were playing at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. And I heard in the check in area, if I wanted to get in I should make it over there fairly early cause that was the show that everyone wanted to see. I was enjoying my organic bbq a little too much at Studio B and didn't realize what time it was. When I finally realized the time I rushed over from Studio B to The Music Hall of Williamsburg and got there too late. The Music Hall of Williamsburg peeps stop letting the press in five minutes before I arrived! So this is the closet I got to seeing The Hold Steady!
I tried to make it over to Shea Stadium (no not that Shea Stadium, it's a new venue in Bushwick)to try and see Marnie Stern, but found out she had to cancel her Northside gig. Bummed I made it back to the press/band area and chatted, schmoozed and networked with some really nice people. I chatted, schmoozed and networked with two writers from the Onion AV club, a writer from Time Out New York and I chatted, schmoozed and networked with these guys, Jim (in the center) and Walter (on the far right) are the drummer and guitar player for a band called The Art of Shooting. The Art of Shooting, play Northside this evening 6/12 as part of the Jezebelmusic.com showcase at the Cameo Gallery on North 6th. The guy on the far left is their friend Jay who is a writer.
On my way to the train, I stopped into Public Assembly and for the Modular show and saw a DJ set and a little bit of Free Energy's set.
More coverage tomorrow till then.....